Location

Saint Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

10-18-1994

Abstract

CAN/CSA-S136-M89 and the AISI Specification on Cold Formed Steel Design use different methods to determine the effective width of multiple stiffened compressive elements when no local buckling in the sub-elements occurs. Both methods replace the multiple stiffened element with a flat plate element centered at the neutral axis of the multiple stiffened element. The methods differ in assigning an equivalent thickness to the straight line element. The AISI method provides sufficient thickness to match the moment of inertia of the multiple stiffened element, while the S136 method makes use of orthotropic plate theory, however, dealing only with the elastic buckling component. For a given geometry, they predict different effective widths. In this paper, experimental data is compared with the predicted values of each method and conclusions are drawn from these comparisons. Representative hat sections were subjected to uniformly distributed loads using a vacuum chamber. Profiles with one, two, three and four· intermediate stiffeners were tested, using three material thicknesses for each configuration of stiffeners.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

12th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

10-18-1994

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1994 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Multiple Stiffened Deck Profiles

Saint Louis, Missouri

CAN/CSA-S136-M89 and the AISI Specification on Cold Formed Steel Design use different methods to determine the effective width of multiple stiffened compressive elements when no local buckling in the sub-elements occurs. Both methods replace the multiple stiffened element with a flat plate element centered at the neutral axis of the multiple stiffened element. The methods differ in assigning an equivalent thickness to the straight line element. The AISI method provides sufficient thickness to match the moment of inertia of the multiple stiffened element, while the S136 method makes use of orthotropic plate theory, however, dealing only with the elastic buckling component. For a given geometry, they predict different effective widths. In this paper, experimental data is compared with the predicted values of each method and conclusions are drawn from these comparisons. Representative hat sections were subjected to uniformly distributed loads using a vacuum chamber. Profiles with one, two, three and four· intermediate stiffeners were tested, using three material thicknesses for each configuration of stiffeners.